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definition of the word step

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old English steppan

Infinitive
to step

Third person singular
steps

Simple past
stept(dated) or stepped

Past participle
[[stept(dated) or stepped]]

Present participle
stepping

to step (third-person singular simple present steps, present participle stepping, simple past and past participle stept(dated) or stepped)

  1. (intransitive) To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by raising and moving one of the feet to another resting place, or by moving both feet in succession.
  2. (intransitive) To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance.
    to step to one of the neighbors
  3. (intransitive) To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
    Home the swain retreats, His flock before him stepping to the fold. - Thomson?
  4. (intransitive)(figuratively) To move mentally; to go in imagination.
    They are stepping almost three thousand years back into the remotest antiquity. - Alexander Pope
  5. (transitive) To set, as the foot.
  6. (transitive) (nautical) To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.


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